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Milwaukee's Polar Bear Plunge proceeds despite sub-zero temperatures

It was -3 degrees at 11 a.m., with a wind chill of -22

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – People braved frigid temperatures to take part in Milwaukee's Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day.

With the water at roughly 33 degrees, participants started splashing into Lake Michigan at about noon local time.

The water may have been frigid, but the air temperature was far worse.

It was minus 3 degrees at 11 a.m., with a wind chill of minus 22.

A posting on polarplungemilwaukee.com warned folks that due to colder-than-normal conditions, medical professionals recommended not taking the plunge.

The posting noted that there will be other polar plunges during the year with possibly warmer conditions.

Similar events planned in Kenosha and Port Washington were called off due to the cold weather.


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